|Atari 2600: Pitfall|
Pitfall! is a video game released by Activision for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is the second best-selling game made for the Atari 2600 (after Pac-Man), with over 4 million copies sold. The player must maneuver a character (Pitfall Harry) through a maze-like jungle in an attempt to recover 32 treasures in a 20-minute time period. Along the way, he must negotiate numerous hazards, including pits, quicksand, rolling logs, fire, rattlesnakes, scorpions, and crocodiles...
Downloads: 8,582 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Frogger|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Frogger is an arcade game introduced in 1981. It was developed by Konami, and licensed for worldwide distribution by Sega/Gremlin. The object of the game is to direct frogs to their homes one by one. To do this, each frog must avoid cars while crossing a busy road and navigate a river full of hazards. Skillful players may obtain some bonuses along the way...
Downloads: 7,560 (2 reviews)
|Atari 2600: River Raid - Activision|
Click here to view the manual to this game. River Raid is a scrolling shooter video game designed and developed by Carol Shaw, and published by Activision in 1982 for the Atari 2600 video game console. Activision later ported the title to the Atari 5200, ColecoVision, and Intellivision game consoles, as well as to the Commodore 64, IBM PCjr, MSX, ZX Spectrum, and Atari 8-bit family home computers. Viewing from a top-down perspective, the player flies a fighter jet over the River of No Return in ...
Downloads: 4,897 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Custer's Revenge|
Custer's Revenge is a controversial video game made for the Atari 2600 by Mystique, a company that produced a number of adult video game titles for the system. The player character is based on General George Armstrong Custer. The game was first released on October 13, 1982, and has received significant criticism because of its crude simulation of a rape of a Native American woman. In the game, the player controls the character of Custer, depicted as a man wearing nothing but a cavalry hat, boots...
Downloads: 1,149 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Halo 2600 - Ed Fries|
Halo 2600 is an action-adventure video game developed for the Atari 2600 video game console, inspired by the Halo series of video games. The player uses the joystick to control the character of Master Chief as he makes his way through 64 screens, divided into four zones: outdoors, Covenant base, ice world, and a final boss area. Weapons and power-ups are available to combat the many enemies that appear...
|Atari 2600: Adventures Of Tron|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Adventures of Tron is an action game produced by Mattel, and was released for the Atari 2600 in 1982. It is based on the Disney film Tron and received fairly positive reviews from critics. The game environment consists of 4 floors, each with flying "bits" as well as enemy MCP attackers: Recognizers, Light Tanks, and Grid Bugs. The objective of the game is to control Tron (you) in a maze of platforms and elevators while trying to intercept the flying bi...
|Atari 2600: Adventure - Warren Robinett|
Click here or here to read the manual for this game. Adventure, a video game cartridge for the Atari 2600 video game console, was the first action-adventure video game. It was published by Atari Inc. in 1978, and sold 1 million copies. Adventure introduced the idea of movable objects (represented by visible icons) that could be picked up by the player (using a joystick) and moved from place to place in the game world...
Downloads: 1,170 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back is a scrolling shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1982 for the Atari 2600 and in 1983 for the Mattel Intellivision. It was the first Star Wars video game. In the game, the player controls a snowspeeder to battle against Imperial AT-AT walkers on the planet Hoth. The goal is to hold off the walkers as long as possible before they blow up the power generator at the Rebels' Echo Base...
Downloads: 1,001 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Baseball|
|Atari 2600: 3-D Ghost Attack|
Originally planned as a pack-in cassette title for Amiga's never released Power Module peripheral, and later as one of three 3-D games on the first Power Play Arcade cart. 3 different prototypes exist, each being a different level of the game. Unfortunately, none of the prototypes are 100% complete, but two are playable. The game uses the traditional red/blue anaglyph glasses. Catalog description: 'They say the mansion is haunted...
|Atari 2600: Pitfall II - Lost Caverns - Activision|
To read the manual for this game, click here. Pitfall II: Lost Caverns is a platforming video game originally released for the Atari 2600 video game console in 1984. It is the sequel to the popular Pitfall!. Both games were designed and written by David Crane and published by Activision. The star of the games is Pitfall Harry, an 8-bit jungle explorer. The game's plot was later remade loosely into Super Pitfall...
Downloads: 1,153 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: California Games|
California Games is a 1987 Epyx sports video game for many home computers and video game consoles. Branching from their popular Summer Games and Winter Games series, this game consisted of some sports purportedly popular in California including skateboarding, freestyle footbag, surfing, roller skating, flying disc (frisbee) and BMX. The game sold very well, topping game selling charts for winter months...
|Atari 2600: Enduro|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Atari's Pole Position was a hot arcade title back in the early 80's. Activision's take on the genre starts with the basic racing premise of Pole Position and expands upon it in several ways. In Enduro, you must pass as many cars as possible in a single "day." You will do this in sunshine, in the fog, at night, and also in the snow. Gameplay requires quick reflexes at high speeds as you fly by the other cars on the road...
Downloads: 1,106 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Burgertime|
The classic arcade game as ported by Ron Surratt and Patrica Lewis Du Long (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) You play as Chef Pepper and your goal is to make giant hamburgers while evil eggs, sausages and pickles chase you around the game area. To properly make a hamburger you must assemble all of the ingredients together, dropping them from higher up onto the burger area below...
|Atari 2600: Chopper Command|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Chopper Command is a video game by Activision released for the Atari 2600 game console in June 1982. The game was successful due to its perceived superiority to Atari's home version of Defender; Chopper Command shares many similarities in gameplay to Defender. Chopper Command was programmed by Bob Whitehead. Chopper Command involves the player controlling a military helicopter in a desert scenario protecting a convoy of tractor trailers that are in pos...
Downloads: 1,410 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Boxing|
Boxing is an Atari 2600 video game based on the sport of boxing. The game was designed by Activision programmer Bob Whitehead. Boxing shows a top-down view of two boxers, one white and one black. When close enough, a boxer can hit his opponent with a punch (executed by pressing the fire button on the Atari joystick). This causes his opponent to reel back slightly. Long punches score one point, while closer punches (power punches, from the manual) score two...
|Atari 2600: Megamania - A Space Nightmare|
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|Atari 2600: Star Wars - The Arcade Game|
Star Wars is an arcade game produced by Atari Inc. and released in 1983. The game is a first person space simulator, simulating the attack on the Death Star from the final act of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. The game is composed of 3D color vector graphics. The player assumes the role of Luke Skywalker ("Red Five"), as he pilots an X-wing fighter from a first-person perspective. Unlike other arcade games of similar nature, the player does not have to destroy every enemy in order to advance ...
|Atari 2600: Commando|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Commando is a fairly decent port of the arcade game of the same name, even though a lot of sacrifices had to be made in order to fit it into an Atari 2600 cartridge. You are an elite soldier given the task of defeating an evil army by advancing through several different areas, using your rifle and your grenades to destroy any opposition which may try to stop you...
|Atari 2600: Zaxxon|
Zaxxon is a 1982 isometric shooter arcade game developed and released by Sega. Some sources claim that Japanese electronics company Ikegami Tsushinki also worked on the development of Zaxxon. The game gives the player the experience of flying a fighter craft through a fortress while shooting at enemy entities (missiles, enemy gunfire, etc.) The object of the game is to hit as many targets as possible without being shot down or running out of fuel—which can be replenished, paradoxically, by blo...
|Atari 2600: Bachelor Party|
Bachelor Party is an adult-themed video game for the Atari 2600 developed by Mystique. The game is a simplified version of Breakout where the "ball" is made to look like a nude man and the "bricks" are made to look like nude women and the man bounces back and forth horizontally rather than vertically. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) An Adult Video Game was unheard of in the early days of console game...
|Atari 2600: Activision Decathlon - Activision|
Click here to view the manual to this game. The Activision Decathlon is a sports game for the Atari 8-bit, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Commodore 64, ColecoVision and MSX platforms. Up to four players compete in the ten different events of a real-life decathlon, either in sequence or individually. The game was later reissued simply as Decathlon by the UK budget label Firebird. (The following description courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) The Activision Decathlon is a series of Olympic games sim...
|Atari 2600: Stampede|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Stampede is a video game cartridge which was released in 1981 for the Atari 2600 video game console, and the Intellivision video game console in 1982. The game is a left-to-right side-scroller with an overhead, third-person view. It was published by Activision. An Activision catalog from 1982 advertised Stampede in the following way: "Ready for a little round up? With Stampede by Activision, you'll have to ride fast and rope even faster...
|Atari 2600: Montezuma's Revenge - Featuring Panama Joe|
Montezuma's Revenge is a video game for Atari home computers, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Apple II, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, IBM PC, Sega Master System, and ZX Spectrum. It was created by Robert Jaeger and published in 1984 by Parker Brothers. The game's title references a colloquial American English expression for diarrhea contracted while visiting Mexico. Montezuma's Revenge was one of the first platform games: an action game combining treasure hunting, multiple rooms, and puzzle solving...
|Atari 2600: Chuck Norris Superkicks|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Chuck Norris Superkicks is a 1983 video game produced by Xonox where the player takes control of Chuck Norris himself. It was also sold as Kung Fu Superkicks when the license for the use of the name 'Chuck Norris' expired. The game was produced for the Commodore 64, Commodore VIC-20, Atari 2600, and Colecovision as part of Xonox's double-ender cartridge line (cartridges with two games and two connectors that were flipped over depending on which one the...
|Atari 2600: River Raid Iii|
|Atari 2600: James Bond 007|
James Bond 007 is a 1983 side-scrolling video game developed and published by Parker Brothers for the Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64, ColecoVision and distributed in Japan by Tsukuda Original for the Sega SG-1000. Players control the British spy James Bond's multi-purpose vehicle that can travel both land and sea. Players can shoot lasers upward towards aerial opponents or bullets downwards at other enemies...
|Atari 2600: A-Team, The|
Designed by Howard Scott Warshaw, this game was originally created under the name Saboteur with slightly different graphics. Atari decided that the A-Team would be a more marketable cartridge, but ultimately it wasn't released either. The game is very playable and appears nearly complete, with three levels of gameplay.
|Atari 2600: Q-bert's Qubes|
Click here to view the manual to this game. The first sequel to Q*bert, titled Q*bert's Qubes, was released in 1983. It was manufactured by Mylstar Electronics,[Note 3] and used the same hardware as the original. The game features Q*bert, but introduces new enemies: Meltniks, Soobops, and Rat-A-Tat-Tat. The player navigates the protagonist around a plane of cubes while avoiding enemies. Jumping on a cube causes it to rotate, changing the color of the visible sides of the cube...
|Atari 2600: Double Dragon|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Double Dragon is a 1987 beat 'em up developed by Technōs Japan and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito Corporation. The game is a spiritual and technological successor to Technos' earlier beat 'em up, Nekketsu Kōha Kunio-kun (released outside of Japan by Taito as Renegade), but introduced several additions such as two-player cooperative gameplay and the ability to arm oneself with an enemy's weapon after disarming them...
|Atari 2600: Ghostbusters|
Click here to view the manual to this game. While numerous Activision games were ported from the 2600 to computers, this game is actually a port of the Commodore 64 game by David Crane. Following the 1984 hit movie, the game stars the Ghostbusters who patrol the city trapping rampaging ghosts, taking them back to their headquarters, and finally facing the Stay-Puft marshmallow man. Dan Kitchen's port incorporates nearly all of the computer game's complex gameplay, although the graphics had to be...
|Atari 2600: Spy Hunter|
Spy Hunter is a 1983 arcade game developed and released by Bally Midway. It has also been ported to various home computers and video game systems. As a cabinet-style arcade game, Spy Hunter was produced in both sit-down and standard upright versions with the latter being more common. The game's controls consist of a steering wheel in the form of a futuristic aircraft-style yoke with several special-purpose buttons, a two-position stick shift (offering 'low' and 'high' gears), and a pedal used fo...
|Atari 2600: Kaystone Kapers|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Keystone Kapers was a 1983 game published by Activision for the Atari 2600, and later ported to Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit family, ColecoVision and MSX. Inspired by Mack Sennett's slapstick Keystone Cops series of silent films, the object of the game is for Officer Keystone Kelly (the user) to catch Harry Hooligan before he can escape from the department store...
|Atari 2600: Bank Heist|
Bank Heist is a maze video game developed by 20th Century Fox for the Atari 2600. Each level in Bank Heist is a maze-like city (similar to Pac-Man). The objective of the game is to rob as many banks as possible while avoiding the police. (The description below courtesy of MobyGames via a CC license.) You are a bank robber, driving around a maze of streets (representing the city) in a 1930's style car...
|Atari 2600: Astrowar|
Published by Dimax and Sinmax in PAL territories. The object of the game is to hit as many falling stars, unknown spaceships, spinning bombs and space monsters without being hit yourself, with the game speeding up to give more challenge as the score grows.
|Atari 2600: Pimball|
|Atari 2600: Frostbite|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Frostbite is a 1983 arcade game designed by Steve Cartwright for the Atari 2600 video game console. It was published by Activision in 1983. The object of the game is to help Frostbite Bailey build igloos by jumping on floating blocks of ice, while trying to avoid deadly hazards like clams, snow geese, Alaskan king crabs, grizzly-looking polar bears, and the rapidly dropping temperature.
|Atari 2600: Barnstorming|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Barnstorming is an Atari 2600 video game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1982. Barnstorming was the first game designed by Cartwright. The player must pilot a biplane through a series of barns in the shortest time possible while dodging windmills, weather vanes, and geese. Bumping into anything slows down the plane for a couple of seconds, increasing the overall time.
|Atari 2600: King Kong|
King Kong is on the loose! He's kidnapped a lady, scaled a tall building, and has started chucking bombs at the player's hero. The mission is simple enough: climb the ladders, avoid the bombs, and rescue the damsel. Sound familiar? It should. King Kong was a lousy Donkey Kong clone for the Atari VCS which existed, in part, to justify Universal Studios' lawsuit against Nintendo and Coleco at the time the game was released...
|Atari 2600: Journey Escape|
Journey Escape is a videogame developed and manufactured by Data Age in San Jose, California for the Atari 2600 console, and released in 1982. It stars the rock band Journey, one of the world's most popular acts at the time, and is based on their album Escape. The player must lead the band members to their "Scarab Escape Vehicle" (as featured on the cover) and protect the concert cash from "love-crazed" groupies, sneaky photographers, stage barriers and "shifty-eyed" promoters...
Downloads: 380 (2 reviews)
|Atari 2600: Star Wars - Jedi Arena|
Star Wars: Jedi Arena is a 2D overhead shooter video game published by Parker Brothers in 1983 for the Atari 2600. In the game, two Jedi Knights, one blue and one red, face each other during lightsaber training. Player one is blue, the red Jedi is either a human or computer controlled opponent. The player controls his lightsaber with the paddle controller, defending himself from the laser blasts coming from the Seeker ball, fired by the opponent...
|Atari 2600: Boggle|
Boggle is an unreleased game for the Atari 2600 programmed by David Crane while he was still working at Atari. In Boggle, which is based on the popular word game of the same name, you must form as many words as possible from a random 4x4 grid of letters. The 2600 version of the game is for two players only, and each player can form a maximum of eight words (likely due to memory constraints of the 2600)...
|Atari 2600: Gauntlet|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Despite the title, this game has nothing to do with Atari’s Gauntlet arcade game (which was actually inspired by the 7800 version of Dark Chambers). This game was never sold with a box, just a flimsy foam casing. It was only available via mail order direct from the company, making it one of the hardest games to find.
|Atari 2600: Dragonfire|
Dragonfire is a cartridge and download-based video game developed and published by Imagic in which the player grabs treasure guarded by a dragon whilst avoiding fireballs. The king's treasures have been stolen! As the daring young prince, your goal is to recover them all. The treasures are being kept in various castles, each one guarded by a fire breathing dragon. Each level in the game has two parts; first you will need to cross the castle's drawbridge...
Downloads: 668 (1 review)
|Atari 2600: Seaquest|
Click here to view the manual to this game. Seaquest is an Atari 2600 video game designed by Steve Cartwright and published by Activision in 1983. Seaquest is a submarine combat game in which the player controls a water vessel and must avoid, collect, or destroy various objects at different levels of depth. The player must pick up divers under water and must get air from the surface before the air meter drains out...
|Atari 2600: Pega Ladrao|
|Atari 2600: Planet Of The Apes|
|Atari 2600: Elk Attack|
Elk Attack is an unreleased port of the obscure Taito arcade game Electric Yo-Yo! Programmer Mark Hahn named the game Elk Attack as a joke, and probably would have changed the name had it been published. Elk Attack is a Pac-Man type game but without a maze. You control a Yo-Yo type machine, which must use its string to latch onto and destroy all the colored blocks on the screen. Along the way you'll encounter strange worm like creatures, which will attempt to disrupt your Yo-Yo...
|Atari 2600: Winter Games|
Winter Games is a sports video game developed by Epyx, released in 1985, based on sports featured in the Winter Olympic Games. From the manual: WINTER GAMES is a series of seven exciting competitive events. Up to eight players can enter this international contest, each choosing a country for which to compete (no two players can choose the same nation to represent). The object is to see your country come out on top...
|Atari 2600: Alien|
Click here to view the manual for this game. Alien is based on the classic thriller film of the same name, although you'd be hard pressed to recognize it if not for the cart label with its artwork depicting the movie. Fox Video Games basically took the movie and translated it into game action through a maze format that's very reminiscent of Pac-Man. The maze is supposed to represent the inside of a spaceship that has been infested with alien beings...